While it's unclear what Amazon's plan B is if the New York City project falls through, The Washington Post's sources suggest that the company may be threatening to pull out of the Queens campus in order to put pressure on city and state officials to seal the deal.
They didn't account for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year old freshly elected congresswoman, and other NY politicians who slammed the subsidies the city and state offered.
"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in New York don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming", an anonymous source familiar with internal discussions told the newspaper, reports the NY Daily Times.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commented on the report via Twitter and said, "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?".
It noted that it's working with its "new neighbors" in Queens, including small business owners, educators and community leaders.
Of course, Amazon has heavily researched other cities and may still be in conversation with some of them for potential future sites.
Even if the deal falls through with NY, the deal with Virginia would still stand.
One of them proclaimed, "Stop the Senate's effort to pass the millionaires tax".
The world's most valuable public company may not bring 25,000 new jobs to New York City after all, the Washington Post reports. And the leaked threat could be a tactic to put pressure on NY officials.
Finally, at a City Council meeting last week, the company refused to agree to remain neutral if Amazon workers attempted unionization in New York City, a red flag for a labor-friendly city. "It is irresponsible to allow political opposition to overcome sound government policy", said Cuomo.
On that point, let's not forget that Amazon-and de Blasio and Cuomo and the EDC-is in the middle of a heavy public relations campaign to win over the public.
"Amazon is a billion-dollar company", the NY congresswoman tweeted.
"The Amazon deal is now officially on the rocks", former NY attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout wrote after Gianaris was appointed to the Public Authorities Control Board.
Cuomo defended the deal on Friday as the largest economic development the state had ever won and cited the Post story. Amazon's plan also calls for an initial 4 million-square-foot commitment to the National Landing neighborhood of Arlington, Va. "They arrogantly continue to refuse to meet with key stakeholders to address their concerns, despite requests from New York's top elected officials to do so". Deals that would receive nearly no scrutiny, like U.S. Steel winning $47 million in tax breaks from impoverished Gary, Indiana, now make headlines.